The contract talks between the NYPD's captains' union and the city have hit the brakes. The union has been working without a contract for 40 months, and now the matter will have to go to the Public Employment Relations Board for binding arbitration. This comes as the starting salary of police recruits are under increasing scrutiny. The NY Times has an editorial, calling the $25,100 "a pauper's sum" and pointing out it's no surprise that the NYPD recruited just over 40% of its goal.

And on Tuesday, Deputy Inspector Michael Lau of the 5th Precinct in Chinatown retired. The Villager he may have been pushed out because he cracked down on illegal police parking on Mott Street. Lau started as a rookie at the 5th, and told the Villager in a previous article that he wanted to be a cop at age 12, when he mother was robbed: “I knew what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t sure I could do it. I was a short, Chinese kid, and I never saw a Chinese cop.”

YouTube video of Lau's retirement from Bing Hu